Maxwell House 24th Anniversary Celebration

May 23, 2016

: (Left to Right) Director Behavioral Health Melissa Jillson, Vice President of Behavioral Healthcare at Liberty Resources Marta Durkin, James Pronteau Jr. Community Service Award recipient Lloyd Mills, Maxwell House Program Manager Angela Stebbins, and former Maxwell House Program Manager James Snyder.

(Left to Right) Liberty Resources Director Behavioral Health Melissa Jillson, Vice President of Behavioral Healthcare at Liberty Resources Marta Durkin, James Pronteau Jr. Community Service Award recipient Lloyd Mills, Maxwell House Program Manager Angela Stebbins, and former Maxwell House Program Manager James Snyder.

The 24th anniversary celebration for the Maxwell House community was held May 19th at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneida, NY. Founded in 1991, Maxwell House is a chemical dependency halfway house operated by Liberty Resources. The celebration highlighted many recovery success stories from current and former residents of Maxwell House, which is located on Broad Street in Oneida.

 

This year the James Pronteau Jr. Community Service Award was presented to former substance abuse counselor Lloyd Mills. Lloyd retired from Maxwell House in 2014. He has been in the recovery community for over 30 years. Lloyd first came to Maxwell House as per diem employee, and has worked in the field for 20 years.

“I’m honored to present this Community Service Award to Lloyd. He has offered so much experience and wisdom to our team and program,” stated Angela Stebbins, Maxwell House Program Manager. “So many residents have benefitted from Lloyd’s no nonsense approach and his sense of humor.”

The James Pronteau Jr. Community Service Award was created to memorialize and honor Jim’s service to the field, his selflessness, and unwavering commitment to the people we serve. Jim was a recipient of residential services at Maxwell House. He accepted an AmeriCorps Volunteer position where he provided recovery support to residents. Once he graduated from the AmeriCorps program, Jim went on to become an Assistant Supervisor at Maxwell House. Jim used his personal experience with addiction to help and support others.

“Our annual anniversary event is a wonderful opportunity for our clients, employees and community members to come together celebrating the incredible stories of resiliency, hope, and strength that occur through the recovery process,” said Marta Durkin, Vice President of Behavioral Healthcare at Liberty Resources.

Maxwell House is an 18 bed community residence licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) that serves men in early recovery. Residents have access to a full-range of treatment options and support services. Liberty Resources staff provides counseling and supportive services to help residents fulfill their service plan goals and empower them to make life choices that promote and sustain stable housing options conducive towards their recovery and health.

Liberty Resources services are vested in evidence-based principles surrounding elements of person-centered planning to meet the changing needs of the individual while utilizing peer supports. Additionally, elements of trauma-informed care are used to incorporate collaboration, trust and empowerment so that individuals are engaged in their own planning and wellness recovery process.